Methylphenidate – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Methylphenidate is used on its own or together with other medicines to treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), a behavioural disorder which includes having short attention spans and being impulsive, restless, and hyperactive.

Methylphenidate is also used to manage symptoms of excessive daytime sleepiness (narcolepsy).


How do I take this medicine?

Take Methylphenidate exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about whether you should take this medicine with or without food. Different brands of Methylphenidate may be taken differently. This medicine is best taken early in the day, preferably before noon. Otherwise, it may affect your sleep at night.

Methylphenidate is available as a tablet, chewable tablet, modified-release type of capsule and/or tablet (may be labelled “IR”, “XR”, “ER”, “SR”), oral solution, or suspension.

If you are taking the modified-release type of capsule or tablet (may be labelled “IR”, “XR”, “ER”, “SR”), swallow it whole. Do not divide, chew or crush the capsule or tablet.

If you are taking an oral solution or suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure out your prescribed dose.

Methylphenidate must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine it even when you feel signs of improvement. Do not stop taking it suddenly as this may worsen your condition. Your doctor may want to reduce the dose of Methylphenidate gradually before stopping it completely.

Do not switch between different brands unless advised by your doctor.


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